Top eyewear trends for 2015

What’s hot in eyewear for 2015? We take a look at the key influences on frames fashion right now

British fashion doyenne Vivienne Westwood was once quoted as saying: “I can’t think without my glasses”. While we don’t necessarily need to don a pair of frames to ignite the old grey matter, it’s a universal truth that wearing the right specs for you can make you look smart, boost your confidence and, most importantly, enhance your vision of the world around you. As the ultimate style accessory, eyewear trends largely mirror what’s going on in the world of fashion – and 2015 brings a whole host of fresh style notes to pick and choose from. 

Colourful inspirations

As one of the most popular materials for eyewear designers to work with, acetate (plastic) will continue its alpha status this year. We’ll see an increase in the use of the popular multi-layered effect to provide subtle contrasts, as well as more colourful apparitions sitting alongside traditional darks such as black, brown and tortoiseshell. “Dark colours will be the most popular but brighter colours will start to become increasingly evident as the year progresses,” says Neal Grimason of Continental Eyewear.

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The brighter the better with these Charles Stone designs

While bright colours are ‘in’, solid and dependable blue is a massive colour trend this year for both men and women, as Jayne Abel of frame company Eyespace explains: “Blue is undoubtedly the colour of choice throughout all areas of fashion this year, especially for men. Featuring subtle navy tortoiseshell infused with dashes of progressive electric blue, our Jensen frame, JN8009 C1 (2) is the perfect example of how the theme is brought to life in eyewear design.” 

Jensen model JN8009 highlights the fashion for all things blue
Jensen model JN8009 highlights the fashion for all things blue
Shades of grey in the debut ill.i Optics collection
Shades of grey in the debut ill.i Optics collection

‘Shades of grey’ is also a style trend to watch in 2015, crisscrossing even the coolest of cool collections such as the debut, hip-hop inspired ill.i Optics designs from entrepreneur, musician and frame connoisseur will.i.am. “Grey is huge for men right now,” agrees Peter Beaumont of frame company, Dunelm Optical. “Paler shades are also really coming to the fore, with silvery acetates providing an ultra-modern, flattering look and gunmetal shades gaining pace against classic blacks and browns.”

A material world

Two key 2015 trends, grey and flannel, backstage at Giorgio Armani
Two key 2015 trends, grey and flannel, backstage at Giorgio Armani

The innovative use of more unusual materials such as felt, flannel, wood resin and rubber is also coming to the fore. Indeed grey flannel was the dominant fabric of the Giorgio Armani fall/winter 2014/15 fashion collection, with model AR8041M Fade to Grey heralded as a revolutiony use of the fabric on the catwalk. Eyewear companies have also been pushing boundaries with materials, as Peter Beaumont explains: “While matt acetates and metals rule, we’ve been experimenting with materials such as wood and resin, mixed with high shine metals and rubber, for a more sporty feel. Tactile fabrics like leather and velvet also look like hot tips for 2015.”

Frame shapes take their cues from the 1950s and 60s this year, as well as from the unique culture of the 70s when colour exploded and ‘anything went’. “For women, frames will feature a ‘boho-chic’ vibe, seen through soft pinks and purples alongside mottled tortoiseshells,” says Jayne Abel, who also predicts that 2015’s hottest hair trend, 60s-inspired braiding, will be seen in female frame design details. Of course, the beauty of vintage and retro-inspired looks is that they flatter most face shapes and are easy to wear – so definitely a fashion cue to consider.

Embellishment heaven with Dolce and Gabbana’s Enchanted Beauties
Embellishment heaven with Dolce and Gabbana’s Enchanted Beauties

If you’ve an eye for detail then there’s no shortage of styles worthy of the closest of inspections, with floral and origami-style patterns, jewel adornments and geometric curves and prints strongly in evidence in both frames and sunglasses. For spring/summer 2015, fashion legends Dolce and Gabbana hark back to their Sicilian roots with their new hand-made Enchanted Beauties collection where sparkling Swarovski flowers bloom in the ‘enchanted wood’ that served as the backdrop for the fashion house’s latest women’s fashion show. Animal prints, such as leopard and zebra, are also making their presence felt.

Striking animal print detailing for Orange model OR486
Striking animal print detailing for Orange model OR486

They say size matters, but when it comes to frames and sunglasses it really depends on your mood and personal style. But if your lifestyle mantra is ‘the bigger the better’ then you’ll be pleased to hear that eyesizes are on the increase, continuing a trend that started with the gain in popularity of plastic frames. High jointed frames also remain popular, as Peter Beaumont says: “Large clean squares and updated wayfarers are gaining more and more traction, with slightly thicker acetates attracting the younger audience – but all of our designs for 2015 feature high joints. It’s a trend that’s going nowhere.”

High joints dominate in Danish-designed Thomsen Eyewear
High joints dominate in Danish-designed Thomsen Eyewear

Whether you’re a dedicated frame fashionista, or simply pop on your specs to read the paper or before driving, there’s absolutely no reason to compromise on style. With a little expert advice and guidance from your local independent optician, you can make the perfect fashion statement with your eyewear whilst reflecting your personality and accentuating your features. 

Key looks for 2015:

  • Bright colours 
  • Tones of blue inspired by the sea
  • 1950s and 60s influences with upswept cat-eyes
  • Ingenious twists on the classics
  • Military themes in neutral tones
  • 70s inspired decadence
  • Use of tactile fabrics like leather, flannel and velvet
  • Two-tone colourations
  • 50 shades of grey…